“Heather Hill is not only an incredibly talented musician, who weaves beautiful stories into music, she is an inspiration to her fellow artists. You can feel the power of her love for her chosen profession in each and every song”. ~ Indie Lipstik Review
Most days you’ll find Heather sitting at her piano in the front window of her east-end home in Toronto writing a song or rehearsing for a gig that showcases her original singer-songwriter music. Her fans will tell you that she has the percussive quality of Fiona Apple, vocal phrasing/sensibility of Kate Bush and poetry/storytelling of late Leonard Cohen.
Heather is a seasoned musician who is enthusiastic about introducing her third volume of songs, which is a primarily solo acoustic album that reflects her love of nature, human experience and spiritual uncovering. She captures the attention of her listeners with edgy, truth-filled stories that allow space for healing, inspiration and surrender.
Leuty Station 2012, produced by highly regarding vocal instructor and composer, Orville Heyn was a multi-genre, piano-centric album that speak to facing life’s challenges head-on; a recurring theme is how women make it through life’s trials with strength and grace. This album delivers songs that are truthful and offer empowerment and encouragement. Heather’s band included Eddie Paton on guitars, Russ Boswell on bass, and Paul DeLong on drums.
“Heather Hill’s Leuty Station is a remarkable and beautiful sounding disc. With strong vocals, imaginative words, music with hooks, expansive arrangements, and sometimes epic production, she presents an interesting strong female image lyrically” Blair Packham from CFRB radio “In the Studio”.
Leuty Station was a departure from her first album, Listen (2005), which was produced by Steve Addabbo of Shelter Island Sound (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin) and released in New York. Her guitar-driven debut was folk inspired. The songs were based on large scale life changes – leaving her career, traveling the world and starting her family in NYC.
Heather has spent a lifetime learning and understanding the language of music. As a classically trained pianist (ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Toronto) she never fancied herself as a composer. In fact, after years singing/piano instruction and performing, she lost her own voice.
With a hiatus in academia (MA, U of Waterloo, MBA, U of Waterloo) and her tech career, she was able to find her own music, and began to learn the craft of songwriting/composing. With great teachers from Humber College, Gotham, Mannes College, SAC, and Songstudio, Judy Stakee) she started trusting her voice. She founded the Toronto Songwriting Guild in her basement (10 years ago) to share songs and craft with other independent artists..
Today, Heather is a cowriter on several albums. She is a musician’s musician. She loves the independent music community and helping mentor young artists. She is also passionate about helping great causes out with One Fire Movement — a grassroots movement to promote peace through the arts in Toronto.
A few things she is proud of:
- ARCT – First Class Honours, Piano Performance Degree, U of T
- Canadian FACTOR-grant – for her single “Stupid Happy”, 2014
- Founded the Toronto Songwriting Guild, 2007 – 2017
- Active Member of the One Fire Movement, 2015 on
- Publishing agreement with California-based GODIY, 2015 on
- Leuty Station (May 2012), played to packed house at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, followed by a Canadian tour and receiving a variety of media attention from CFRB In the Studio, Rogers Daytime Toronto, CBC Radio1, reviews and local features
- Opened for members of Treble Charger, Summer 2012, Lop Lops
- Songstudio award for best rock song – League of Rock award, 2010
- After releasing her debut album, Heather also played a variety of clubs in New York (Makor Room, The Cutting Room) and got her first cut in an off-Broadway show compilation called Songs of a Century (2005) – based on Jose Rivera’s work.